Current Volunteer Needs

The following opportunities are currently available. To apply for any of these positions, please complete the volunteer application. The Volunteer Department will contact you to schedule an interview or invite you to an upcoming Open House. If you have specific questions, please call 619.255.0245 or  

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Share Your Enthusiasm for Whales

Get your fluke on and join theNAT as an Exhibit Interpreter in Whales: Giants of the Deep. Opening March 19 through September 5, the exhibition is interactive, immersive, and features the latest in international cetacean research. 

As an Exhibit Interpreter you will answer basic questions on whales and engage our visitors by encouraging them to explore more deeply. A cart with specimens from local area whales will be available to share. Training will be provided Tuesday, March 8 at 9–11:30 AM or 6–8:30 PM (You may attend either session). A special preview of the exhibition will be held Thursday, March 17. Shifts are 10 AM-12:30 PM and 12:30-3 PM. We ask for a commitment of three shifts per month. A background check is required to participate. Apply today.  

Spring Camp Aides Wanted—Opportunity for Teens

Do you love working with children? Come join us a Camp Aide for our Spring Camps. Dive into Ocean Giants, scramble in the dirt with Rock Hounds, or join the Fossil Bureau of Investigation. 

As a volunteer Camp Aide you will help the instructor by monitoring the children (1st through 5th grade) and ecouraging them have a super experience. Spring Camps are one-day camps on March 28 – April 1. You may volunteer for as little as one day or for all five days.  Shifts are 8:00 AM–5:00 PM. Apply today. Space is limited. You must be at least 16 years old to participate. 

Guide Museum Visitors as a Museum Ambassador

TheNAT is a large and wonderful museum, and many of our visitors have questions about what to see and do when they first arrive. Our Museum Ambassadors answer visitor questions about exhibitions, activities, facilities, and the museum layout. They also answer general questions about dining options, Balboa Park, and even questions about San Diego and other attractions. Museum Ambassadors are scheduled for two-hour shifts, 11 AM-1 PM or 1 PM-3PM, on any day of the week, and roam the atrium or south entrance area. Training will be provided. If you are outgoing, enjoy interacting with the public, and enjoy sharing your knowledge of theNAT, Balboa Park, and San Diego, please apply today. 

Engage Our Visitors as an Exhibit Interpreter

As an Exhibit Interpreter in Water: A California Story, you’ll be in a public-facing role, sharing your knowledge of San Diego County’s ecosystems and wildlife. The exhibition highlights everything from ocean and marine mammals to tidelands to scrublands to forests to desert chaparral.  It also highlights water distribution and conservation throughout southern California. There are a number of living specimens in the exhibition and, if you’re interested, you can be trained in conducting live animal demonstrations with some of our reptiles (snakes and bearded dragons). We ask for two-hour shifts from 11 AM to 1 PM or 1 PM to 3 PM.  A minimum three month commitment of three times per month is expected. A background check is required to participate. Apply today.